On the 19th of March 2015, a 150 Year 8 students went to Nottingham Theatre Royal to see a production of 'The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas', based on the WW2 book by John Boyne.
We have been studying the novel recently, picking out particular sections, really getting into the book and getting to know the characters involved in this story. The book is about a German boy called Bruno who moves to a house next to a concentration camp, and strikes up a peculiar friendship with a boy, Shmuel; but this boy is a Jew and is on the other side of the fence in the concentration camp. Because of Bruno's perspective, it really explores what life was like for innocent children in the war.
The play was very thought-provoking and deeply moving, with strong dramatic irony; the boys become friends and are oblivious to the horror of the world around them and what their fate will be. I think what was especially good about it was that the names of the chapters came up on a projector, and this helped the play relate to the book. The scenery was simple yet effective because the focus was on the story rather than fussy staging. In my opinion, the play stayed true to the book and didn't miss out any of the important parts. The tragic ending meant we left the theatre in a pensive and reflective mood, remembering the final words, "Of course all this happened a long time ago and nothing like that could ever happen again. Not in this day and age". I sincerely hope not.
Jacob Simpson 8E, English Subject Ambassador